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Milwaukee Summerfest map & directions
2018 Summerfest Fast Facts

When : June 27 - July 1 (closed Monday, July 2) and July 3 - 8, 2018 from noon until midnight daily.

Where : Henry W. Meier Summerfest Grounds


Henry Maier, the mayor of Milwaukee during the 1960's, was so inspired by his visit to the German beer festival Oktoberfest that he came back to Milwaukee determined to create a similar cultural event for his city.

And that's how Milwaukee Summerfest was born.

Summerfest, which is typically 11 days long, usually begins in June and ends sometime in early July.

This year, Summerfest celebrates its 51st annniversary at the Henry W. Meier Summerfest Grounds on the Milwaukee waterfront. Opening day is scheduled for Wednesday, June 27, 2018.

Summerfest shuts down on Monday, July 2, but reopens on July 3 and continues to the final night on Sunday, July 8, 2018.

Summerfest 2018 lineup

The entire Summerfest 2018 lineup hasn't been announced as yet, but most of June's dates have been filled with an A-list of performers including James Taylor & Bonnie Raitt, Florida Georgia Line, Dave Matthews Band, and more. Meanwhile, keep it here for more updates as they are announced.

All performances will take place at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater.

Date Artist
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 Imagine Dragons. .Grace Vanderwaal
Thursday, June 28, 2018 James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt
Friday, June 29, 2018 Halsey, Logic, NF
Saturday, June 30, 2018 Florida Georgia Line. Bebe Rexha
Sunday, July 1, 2018 Dave Matthews Band
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 J. Cole, Trippie Redo
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 Journey. Def Leppard
Thursday, July 5, 2018 Shawn Mendes, Charli XCX
Friday, July 6, 2018 Blake Shelton, Luke Combs
Saturday, July 7, 2018 The Weeknd, Big Boi
Sunday, July 8, 2018 Arcade Fire, Manchester Orchestra

Summerfest 2018 ticket info

It's "come one, come all" -- with almost all musical acts accessed by buying a single admission ticket, available at the official Summerfest site and at Ticketmaster.

Ticket prices traditionally include a $14 weekday admission ticket or a $21 anytime general admission. Three-day passes are also available at $51, while the $80 "power pass" gains you a five-day pass.

Getting there

Directions by car: From the west, take I-94 east and exit at 26th St. Follow St. Paul Ave. east to Water St. and follow the signs to area parking lots.

From the north, take I-43 south and exit at McKinley Blvd. Proceed south on 6th St. to Michigan St. Take Michigan St. east to Water St.and follow the signs.

From the south, follow I-94 north and exit at Lapham/Greenfield. Go east to 1st St. and head north to follow the signs to Summerfest.

Public transportation: Park your car downtown and catch one of the frequent shuttle buses that leave every half-hour to the North Gate and check out . for more information.

The world's biggest music fest

Among other things, Summerfest is first and foremost a music festival - one of the biggest in the world, in fact - a title officially bestowed upon Summerfest in 1999 by none other than the Guinness Book of World Records.

Today, 11 different stages give almost 1 million annual festival goers ample opportunity to sample a wide variety of musical talent ranging from small, local acts, on up to world renowned entertainers.

The local food and restaurant scene is also typically well represented, and attendees can browse shopping booths and participate in a host of family-friendly activities -- including the spectacular annual "Big Bang" fireworks display at 9:30PM on opening night.

Shopping? You bet. Visitors can visit four marketplaces offering everything from clothing, jewelry, home accessories, artwork and more, incuding (of course) the Summerfest Store for official Summerfest T-shirts and other gear.

Have fun!

More about Milwaukee Summerfest around the Web:

- Check out the official site with complete information about the concert lineup and online ticket purchase, maps & directions, live Webcam, photo gallery.

Summerfest, Milwaukee's Big Gig - Check out the Trip Savvy review with travel details, ticket information, entertainment lineup.

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